Ashley paints pretty picture

NBENLM110616C2 - Belper North Mill Painting presentation. from left Tourism and culture co-ordinator Joanne Bamford, Artist Ashley Bryant, Manager of Strutts mill Natascha Wintersinger and Chairman of the trust Peter Arnold
NBENLM110616C2 - Belper North Mill Painting presentation. from left Tourism and culture co-ordinator Joanne Bamford, Artist Ashley Bryant, Manager of Strutts mill Natascha Wintersinger and Chairman of the trust Peter Arnold

THE chairman of the North Mill Trust has said he was over the moon to be presented with a painting of the iconic Belper building.

Peter Arnold said he “snatched” the hand of artist Ashley Bryant off when the former Allestree resident offered to present the painting to the North Mill museum free of charge.

Ashley, who now lives in Essex, was heading to Belper to visit family and friends and decided to make his surprise gesture.

The painting, which was done in 1998, now hangs in the mill’s visitor centre for all the public to see.

Peter said: “I am over the moon, it is a fantastic painting.

“It was a really nice gesture from him.

“For an artist to give up his work like that is amazing.”

Ashley has done a variety of paintings of sites and scenes along the River Derwent. They are published in his book ‘A Riverside Journey: A Portrait of the Derwent’.

Mill manager Natascha Wintersinger said: “It is a beautiful painting of the mill and we were delighted to receive it. The paintings in the book are also beautiful.”

Ashley’s book is on sale at the mill.